Enfield school submits plans to replace ‘inefficient’ buildings

Chace Community School says it wants to “better accommodate students and staff”, reports Simon Allin, Local Democracy Reporter

Chace Community School in Enfield Town (credit Google)
Chace Community School in Enfield Town (credit Google)

Residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to redevelop a secondary school in Enfield Town.

The plans would see the current “inefficient and energy intensive” buildings at Chace Community School in Churchbury Lane replaced with modern facilities.

Designed to ensure the school can “better accommodate students and staff, reduce costs, increase usable external space and provide improved facilities for the local community to share”, the proposals would see the number of buildings on the site reduced.

A new sports block would be built next to playing fields and a multi-use games area, while the existing art, drama, dining and sixth form block would be retained.

There would also be a new L-shaped teaching block and a covered outdoor space for activities such as dining, training and science lessons.

According to the project website, trees on the perimeter of the site would be protected and the community would be able to use the facilities outside of school hours.

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The proposals have been designed to achieve a net zero carbon operation and ensure the school can continue operating throughout construction.

Bowmer and Kirkland, which has been selected by the Department for Education to be the development’s main contractor, has pledged to use off-site methods of construction to help deliver the scheme.

Measures such as noise mitigation and air quality plans would be put in place during the on-site construction period to minimise disruption to neighbours.

Headteacher Tanya Douglas said: “The regeneration of Chace Community is a transformational opportunity for our school and the brilliant community we are privileged to serve.

“Our determination to provide an ambitious education was recognised by Ofsted last year – and the creation of these fantastic new facilities means we will have a wonderful setting in which to deliver that education to children and young people in the area.”

Local residents are being invited to an exhibition at the school where they can view the plans in more detail on Thursday, 16th November, from 5pm until 8.30pm.

To view the proposals and provide feedback online:

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